Lorenzo Cain on why he got ejected during Thursday’s game against the Rays

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Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain was ejected in between innings during Thursday’s game against the Rays by home plate umpire Chris Segal for arguing balls and strikes. Cain didn’t like a called strike on a pitch Rays reliever Steve Geltz threw. The strike zone graphic shown by FOX Sports Kansas City showed that the pitch was a bit inside, but it looked much worse because catcher Rene Rivera set up outside and the pitch ran inside. Pitches like that are typically called balls.

Cain wasn’t immediately ejected. In fact, he took a rather diplomatic approach to the dispute, as Matthew DeFranks of 810 WHB in Kansas City details:

Cain, recently nominated to his first All-Star team, had hit his eighth home run of the season earlier in that game. He’s currently hitting .312/.371/.489 with 41 RBI and 17 stolen bases while playing terrific defense in center field.

Marlins sign Brandon Kintzler to one-year, $3.25 million deal

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Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins signed veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. The deal includes a club option for 2020 worth $4 million with a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.

Kintzler, 35, put up a terrific 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks over 57 innings for the Cubs last season. He’s been mostly good in recent years, but relievers in their mid-30’s have had a tough time finding multi-year deals.

The Marlins have a handful of players who could rack up saves this coming season, namely Drew Steckenrider and José Ureña along with Kintzler. The club will likely use spring training to determine an official closer, if they name one at all. The Marlins have also expressed interest in free agent Pedro Strop.